Entry Level Offshore Jobs

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Ready to get started in one of the most exciting industries? Entry level offshore jobs can be your way to get a foot in the door in the lucrative offshore oil and gas business.

Every day energy companies like Shell, BP, and Exxon spend millions of dollars to extract oil and gas from underwater oil wells all around the world. And with oil prices always climbing, in our lifetime this is not going to stop.

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Combine this the fact that if you are willing to work hard, be dependable, and do anything to get started you will find that entry level offshore jobs can change your life. Of course getting hired for your first offshore job is the hard part, but just stick with and your break will come.

Getting Started

In North America most of the offshore drilling is done in the Gulf of Mexico. If you live in a state along the Gulf you’re probably already familiar with the hot spots of employment in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Around the rest of the world drilling is done all over. In Europe the North Sea off of Great Britain is a major hub of natural gas and oil exploration.

One way to get hired is to show up at some of the major ports and look for entry level offshore jobs there. This is pretty common in Southern Louisiana around Port Fourchon. If you are literally willing to take on any kind of employment just to get your foot in the door you can probably find someone willing to give you a chance. It might not be glamorous, but it will pay very well and give you some industry experience.

When you’re just starting out, it can be hard to get hired for entry level offshore jobs at first because you will not have any previous offshore experience. That’s why we always stress do not be picky about your first job and look for any entry level positions around the Gulf.

Some guys started out not even working offshore, but still in with a company that serviced rigs. Then when they had an offshore opening they got a break. It’s funny how luck sometimes plays out like that.

Jop Openings

One of the most common types of entry level offshore jobs that people are looking for is working on an oil drilling crew. The fact is that many of the energy giants like Shell very rarely hire the actual labor to work on an oil rig.

Instead, they will contract with some of the major offshore drilling companies like Transocean or Diamond to do the actual work. These are the companies you want to hit up for employment.

If you have no previous experience at all will oil, one of your best bets is to get hired as a roustabout. It’s going to be very tough work but you’ll be able to prove yourself and gain experience.

If you’ve already worked on an onshore oil rig before, you have a leg up when it comes to working offshore. Except for some details, offshore drilling is basically the same as onshore drilling so your skills will transfer for offshore drilling.

Let’s say that you worked as a roughneck previously. You could move to an offshore roughneck position if you find some entry level offshore job openings at a drilling contractor or workover contractor.

There are other types of skills and trades that are needed on an oil rig as well. Crane operators and welders are always in demand, and this can be a good way to transfer your skills offshore.

Take The Next Step

When you’re ready to get started and get your foot in the door, go ahead and register for our offshore jobs database andnewsletter.

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Kelvin tay June 5, 2013 at 4:15 am

I am from singapore, 10 years in navy and 3 year in the commercial marine industry as coordinator.

Interested in offshore opportunity, do email me if you have any opening.

Best Regards


Rajeevan Koroth July 2, 2013 at 1:10 pm

I am working as an Electrical Officer in one of the biggest fleet owner vessels for last 12 years. I would like to shift my proffesion to oil rigs where I can take up new challages. However I served 15 years military service in Indian Navy and ready to do any kind of hardship towards my profession. Optimistic approch and sinceirty is my first objective to my all kind of job

Rajeevan Koroth
Electrical Officer


Colin Henderson July 10, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Hello my name is colin henderson , im am interested in working offshore i have my rope access level 1,shot blasting,and my rigging level 1 and all my offshore certs and I am willing to do anything to get a start offshore. im hard working and a fast learner you can contact meon 07590521062



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